While my condition gradually worsened, a friend with Lyme was enjoying some relief of symptoms under the care of a naturopathic doctor, who had helped another with similar symptoms that proved to be hormonal in nature. We heard of a third case of Lupus not responding well to conventional treatment, where the patient was improving under the care of the ND.
The specialists had tried for two years to help me with little avail. This woman had taken three individuals with similar symptoms, correctly disseminated them and helped them all. I made an appointment to meet with her. I wanted to hear what she had to say.
I had never visited a ND, but just five minutes into our visit, I realized I had been naive. She, herself, had suffered a life-threatening illness and had been given months to live. She had a young daughter and wasn’t ready to give up. She turned to an ND for help and the treatment worked. After recovering her health, she went back to school, receiving her degree in naturopathic medicine. I came to the sudden realization that medicine didn’t start with modern medicine and the pharmaceutical companies. It has been practiced for hundreds of years. After discussion and examination, this ND was convinced I had Lyme disease.
Her first objective was to help me to eat again. I started by grinding foods in a food processor and adding an enzyme powder to aid in digestion. Both helped. We also began treating the Lyme disease with essential oils and ledum (rosemary). Essential oils are a mixture of oils, like mandarin and peppermint with natural antibacterial properties which are rolled on the spine where they are quickly absorbed. With each treatment, the skin would redden, burn at the base of my neck and I would experience intense itching and a sensation that tiny “worms” were crawling along my spine. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced. The scientist in me asked my husband to try. Nothing happened.
“Kim, that’s because I don’t have Lyme disease,” he said.
Within a week, the tremors in my middle fingers had significantly improved, providing hope of better days to come.
My husband has encouraged me to write a blog for years while I worked on a book about our experiences with Lyme disease. Inspired by "Julie and Julia", I have finally listened. Lyme is real is our family's story.